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Our Mr. Wrenn; the romantic adventures of a gentle man

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About the Author

Nobel Prize-winning writer Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) is best known for novels like Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith (for which he was awarded but declined the Pulitzer Prize), and Elmer Gantry. A writer from his youth, Lewis wrote for and edited the Yale Literary Magazine while a student, and started his literary career writing popular stories for magazines and selling plots to other writers like Jack London. Lewis s talent for description and creating unique characters won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930, making him the first American writer to win the prestigious award. Considered to be one of the greats of American literature, Lewis was honoured with a Great Americans series postage stamp, and his work has been adapted for both stage and screen.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1171646488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1171646488
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,672,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Patrick Killough on May 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
For whatever reason you choose to read the novels of Sinclair Lewis and no matter what you are looking for (e.g.his attack on Rotary Clubs, amusing lists of place names, 20th century American colloguialisms, etc.), there are certain people or things which will pop up at you again and again. There is a quixotic young man or woman (or both) yearning to chuck job, neighborhood, small town or boredom for travel and adventure in at least relatively exotic places, yearning hotly for "somewhere else." There is personal loneliness and the hero's growing sense that being lonely is the greatest problem of his life. Experiments are made to counteract loneliness: plunging feverishly into work, seeking unattainable women friends, settling for conventional but reliable male friends, or such blind alleys as drink and dissipation.

Can narrowly focused work alone make a man happy? Must a man have more interests than his work, no matter how distracting those "temptations" are: e.g. golf, a wife, going to operas, children, travel? Can anyone possibly "have it all?" If not, is it desirable to strike a balance between work and play?

Lewis's first novel, the 1914 OUR MR. WRENN: THE ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF A GENTLE MAN probes such questions. William Wrenn, age 34 in 1910, is a bachelor who frequents motion picture halls and saves his pennies for travel to fabulous India or Java. He has worked for some years for a New York job house buying and selling knickknacks. One fine day, he gets a modest legacy which permits him to quit his work, give notice to the landlady of his boarding house and ship out on a cattle boat for Liverpool. During a few weeks in London and tramping about the English countryside Our Mr.
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Sweet and touching story of an older man in a dead end job who longs to travel. When he finally gets the chance, he finds it is not all he thought it would be. Ultimately he makes some good choices and all's well that ends well.
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While this is tale is not of the same caliber of other writings by Mr. Lewis, it is certainly noteworthy. "Our Mr. Wrenn..." can be easily looked upon as the trials and tribulations of a pathetic little man as he bumps and roams his way through life. But more significantly, it can more easily be viewed as it was intended to be; the universal and satirical manner in which all of us, at times, view our own lives, the direction of which we seem to have little control. Who amoung us has not viewed his/her actions as being inane and meaningless? Who has not viewed our own thoughts as being completely alien with those around us and found ourselves fumbling in and out of a relationship? And who has not, under duress, tried to fit our square-pegged lives into the round-holes of society? Although this reading is subconsciously difficult to read at times, it does shout to our consciousness of the difficulty we all have as we attempt to define our place in the world around us. Hopefully none of us continues in the blind ignorance, as shown by Mr. Wrenn, and we all come to a place where we see ourselves for being unique and valuable rather than a piece of scrabble or flightless wren being blown about by societal whims....
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